We must move forward, or so the saying goes, but I can’t help but miss some things from my childhood.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t miss those pencils that were made of stackable tips (oh the horror when you lost one!) or erasable pens that are really neither pen nor pencil but I do miss a good Choose Your Own Adventure book.
Those were the highlight of my childhood and in the interest of bringing back my childhood, I’ve compiled a list of books that would make great Choose Your Own Adventure books.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Play as the great detective himself or Watson. Will you be able to crack the mystery? Or will you fail? Will you be able to chronicle all of Sherlock’s mysteries? What will happen if you can’t solve the mystery? Will you spot all the clues?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Lizzie- Will you land Darcy? What if you didn’t go to Pemberly and ended up with Wickham? Can you master all the rules and etiquette of English society?
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: While Hunger Games is also about overthrowing an unjust government, wouldn’t it be fun to see if you’d survive the initial Hunger Games? Will you rise? What will be your fatal mistake? As they say, “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Can you deal with the evil Chillingsworth while seeing your lover Dimmesdale’s life literally dimming away? What about Pearl?
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: How long will you survive? Evil lurks at every corner and you’re stuck on an island with nine other people, one of whom may be a murderer. Wait for it… and then there were none.
What other books would make good Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books?
Jessica Yang is a biochem/psych student and blogger behind Crazy Red Pen (crazyredpen.com), a book blog focusing on visuals. Lost without Photoshop and WiFi/reception. Follow her on twitter @crazyredpen